Thursday, January 17, 2013

Book Review: Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

Something, Maybe
by Elizabeth Scott
YA Realistic Contemporary
Released: March 24, 2009
Published by: Simon Pulse
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.73
Pages: 217

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis available on Goodreads:

Everyone thinks their parents are embarrassing, but Hannah knows she's got them all beat. Her dad made a fortune showcasing photos of pretty girls and his party lifestyle all over the Internet, and her mom was once one of her dad's girlfriends and is now the star of her own website. After getting the wrong kind of attention for way too long, Hannah has mastered the art of staying under the radar...and that's just how she likes it.

Of course, that doesn't help her get noticed by her crush. Hannah's sure that gorgeous, sensitive Josh is her soul mate. But trying to get him to notice her; wondering why she suddenly can't stop thinking about another guy, Finn; and dealing with her parents make Hannah feel like she's going crazy. Yet she's determined to make things work out the way she wants—only what she wants may not be what she needs...

Once again, Elizabeth Scott has created a world so painfully funny and a cast of characters so heartbreakingly real that you'll love being a part of it from unexpected start to triumphant finish.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This was my first Elizabeth Scott novel. I actually really enjoyed it. I have heard more about some of Scott's darker novels and so I was surprised to learn that she wrote Something, Maybe too.

Hannah has mastered the art of being invisible—well not literally, but for the most part everybody seems to ignore her. She prefers it that way. When your dad is famous for a party tv show where he loves girls half his age and your mom is famous for being in an ad where she was only wearing a pizza box, you learn to keep quiet.

Hannah isn't famous. She isn't wealthy. In fact, she works at BurgerTown and drives a car so pathetic that her co-worker Finn is always worried it's going to break down. But she gets to work with Josh. She's decided that Josh is perfect. He drinks coffee, reads sophisticated books, and writes poetry. And he's her soulmate. He just doesn't know it yet, but one day he will.

Hannah was a character who I found surprisingly easy to relate to. Yet, we had nothing in common. So why could I relate to her? Because Scott was a master at her character building and her writing just drew me in so completely. I really felt like I was in Hannah's head. I love those types of books—the ones that really delve into a character's mind.

Okay, I hated Josh form the get-go. He was pompous, pretentious, and a phony. I could never see what Hannah saw in him. He just seemed like such an arrogant jerk the whole time. And he never really understood or knew anything about Hannah.

And then there was Finn who was always there being nice to her, protecting her, making her laugh, and just knowing what she needed. Finn was just such a great guy. I wouldn't mind meeting a guy like him.

Elizabeth Scott has definitely earned her place as an incredible author. Something, Maybe was a cute, fun YA story, but it stood out to me more than most because of the insane family dynamics that Scott set up. It delved into more serious issues and some slightly more gritty topics but did so in an appropriate manner, or in a way that would not make me discourage people from reading this one.

So why 3.5 out of 5 stars? This is a hard one to answer. I really enjoyed this novel, in cas you hadn't already noticed. It was fun, enjoyable, and had a deeper message than a lot of YA novels I read. However, when I compare it to novels like Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson or The Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr, it just doesn't have quite the same punch. Those stories had me near tears and this one just didn't.

And it just wasn't as cute as some of the other YA novels I've read that received a 4. So basically, I loved it, but it lacked that extra something to be a 4.  

In Summary: Elizabeth Scott's Something, Maybe is beautifully written and follows quirky characters living an insane life that will make to laugh. Plus, there's a deeper underlining theme that I fell in love with from the get-go.

Warnings/Side-notes: Several mild sexual references. This book sounds like it's going to be gritty and dark and a book for more mature readers, but really this book is one I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to even younger young adult readers. 

The Wrap-up: I really liked this one. Scott is an incredible writer and I for one am excited to read more of her novels. It looks like Scott doesn't have a problem tackling the grittier issues that most people shy away from and I love that. Definitely loved this book. If you like quirky, fun YA with a deeper underlining meaning, then check out this one.  


Danica Page

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  1. I read this book a long, long time ago. I'm pretty sure I liked it, but didn't love it, same as you. Great review!

    1. Thanks for commenting and I'm glad you liked my review.


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